A while ago I obtained a Ruger Security Six with a 6" bbl. This pistol has what appears to be a black parkerized finish or is, at the very least, black with a finish that looks like parkerizing to me.
In any case, I have tried to find information on this at various places on the Internet including the Ruger Forum, but have been unable to get a straightforward answer. No one knows anything about any production runs for a black parkerized Security Six - regular or custom order. Is it possible that this was
a custom production run for the military or a police agency? However, don't they usually stamp the name of the unit or agency on the revolver?
The lack of info on this just about leads me to conclude that this was a custom job by some gunsmith, though why someone would do this is beyond me. Does anyone here have any clue as to what the story might be?
The left side of the bbl has the following information on it:
Before using gun-read warnings in
instruction manual available from
Sturm, Ruger & Co, Inc ®
Southport, Conn U.S.A.
Actually, the ® is not exactly what's there. The R inside the circle seems to have a C attached to the back of the upper part of it. I have attached a JPG of what it looks like.
The right side has .357 Magnum Cal.
the right side of the frame above the trigger has Ruger Security Six
followed by a regular ® and then the Ruger symbol.
The serial # range is: 159-14XXX
That's all the info I have. I hope it helps.